Pop singer whose 1987 single "Never Gonna Give You Up" reached #1 in more than twenty countries. He won Best Act Ever at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards.
He worked as a driver and local night club performer after dropping out of high school.
He was the subject of an internet meme entitled "Rickrolling," in which the music video for "Never Gonna Give You Up" popped up at random on a viewer's computer screen.
His marriage to Lene Bausager produced a daughter named Emilie.